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Infographic: The History of Medical Malpractice

The History of Medical Malpractice graphic with open book

The history of medical malpractice is a lengthy one, spanning from ancient times with the Hippocratic Oath to the numerous reforms in the 20th Century and continuing to today. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins.

The timeline below was created by the folks at Weiss & Paarz to give readers on The National Trial Lawyers an overview of the subject.

"We wanted to give an overall history of medical malpractice and how it relates to the law. That history is a lengthy one, spanning back to Hammurabi and some of the first written law codes. Since then, with so many changes in recent history, we thought it was important to give a historical background. While there are many more events that helped shape modern medical malpractice, these are some of the most influential," says Naomi Anderson, a member of the marketing team at Weiss & Paarz.

"Medical malpractice is a serious topic that deserves to be treated as such. Nevertheless, we wanted to provide a more accessible way for people of all ages to learn about the history behind it. That is why we chose to go with eye-catching illustrations that entice the viewer to keep reading and keep learning," Naomi Anderson, a member of the marketing team at Weiss & Paarz."

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